Review: Hocus Pocus (1993)

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Hocus Pocus (1993)

Director: Kenny Ortega

Starring: Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Omri Katz, Thora Birch and Vinessa Shaw

Synopsis: Three witches are hanged for their crimes but promise to return when a virgin lights the black flame candle on all hallows eve. 300 years later the sisters are awoken and cause havoc around Salem with only Max Dennison, his sister Dani and his crush Allison to stop them.

Rating: 5/10

I am probably the last human on earth who hadn’t seen this movie till the other day. In my defense it came out like 2 weeks before I was even born and has never had the cult status in England as it has done in America. It’s also probably a huge mark on my identity as a queer person that I hadn’t watched a film starring the Divine Miss M but forgive me my rainbow comrades I have corrected this matter!

The first scene was quite distracting with the obvious dubbing of one of the actors voices but it’s an old film so I looked past it when normally things like that bug me to no end.

One thing I noticed whilst watching this film is you can’t help but route for the witches to win because not only are they hilarious but the children are so god damn annoying you just can’t resist wanting Winifred to suck their life force out of them. Dani in particular was incredibly annoying but her acting was great.

I was seconds away from switching the film off when Binks the cat gets run over by a car as many of you that know me are aware I refuse to watch a film where the animal dies. Thankfully they rectified this by having him unflatten himself and get back up.

The highlight of the film is the one scene I had scene many times before which is when the Sanderson Sisters perform I put a spell on you for the towns adults whilst also putting them under a spell so they remain dancing whilst the sisters take the towns children.

The low light of the film was the plot line with the bullies. They were entirely pointless the plot and the film could have done without them and their annoying ways.

The worst part of all tho was by far when Binks dies once again and this time doesn’t get back up as his human spirit has been freed and allowed to rest with his little sister in heaven. DON’T KILL THE FUCKING CAT!!! especially not after building up the bond between Binks and Dani. Free the human trapped inside him yes but then just have the cat become an ordinary cat not kill him!!

overall I loved the film its great family fun but in the future I won’t watch more than the musical numbers again because honestly fuck anything that kills off the cute animals.

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